I just notice, FFXIV just surprised me with the new engagement system.
I think everyone should know about it and thank SE for it. Why? It completely eliminated a powerlevel-technique that exist in the tradition MMORPG.
Mass AOE for experience.
The current engagement system works this way.
Monster come in "packs"/"group", you can only earn SP base on the "claimed monster in red" Any dmg dealt to yellow/normal monster will not be count even when you kill blow them.
If you dmg or someone dmg enough on the yellow monster, when you "claim" it, you will only earn percentage experiences base on what HP remain you took off the monster, if the monster is claim @ 50% hp, you will get 50% SP.
This "pack" engagement system, completely eliminate powerleveling because
You can not gain experience on other pack of monster even when you cast AOE killing 100 monsters in the radius.
Therefore, no SMN burn any longer.
If you don't know what a SMN burn, go google it. (P.S, SMN burn used to let players to level any job from 1-75 within 2-3 days worth of playing)
This powerleveling technique has been used in many MMORPG, include wow, daoc, AO...etc one way or another. SE just completely eliminated it.
Of course, time will tell what new power level way we players will invent.
Edited, Feb 14th 2011 8:34am by wrongfeifong